It has been noted that countries with authoritarian or semi-authoritarian leadership are more likely to become COVID-19 hotspots for longer amounts of time than their liberal-democratic counterparts. The same pattern rings true in Latin America: Authoritarian leadership is one of the clearest deciding factors of any country’s approach to COVID-19. Brazil and Mexico are the most striking examples of this, where each of their presidents was elected on a populist platform, and each has neglected the virus’s danger since it exploded into a global pandemic. I have written more on this topic here.
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